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Swansea 1, Technology 1, Arsenal 0: Match Report

Late-match sub Bafetimbi Gomis scored an 86th-minute goal against the run of play to break Arsenal's 10-game unbeaten string; everything sucks.

The only guy jumping here scored the only goal of the match.
The only guy jumping here scored the only goal of the match.
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Had the EPL stayed in the Stone Age, David Ospina might have gotten away with what at first appeared to a save of Swansea sub Bafetimbi Gomis' 86th minute header. But thanks to goal-line technology and a momentary lapse in the Arsenal defense, the Welsh visitors completed its season sweep of Arsenal with a 1-0 victory on Monday.

Despite a 14-5 shot advantage, a 9-3 on-target shot advantage, and 70 percent possession, the human wall that is former Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski kept a clean sheet for Swansea, helped by a clearly defensive, everyone-back philosophy that Swansea employed for most of the match.

Arsenal looked like they might score early and often early in the match, when Aaron Ramsey found Olivier Giroud in the box with a cross in the 4th minute, but Giroud headed the ball over the bar, and the chance turned out to be Arsenal's best opportunity of the first half.

While Arsenal did increase the pressure in the second half with a series of well-struck shots, they all seemed to magnet their way into Fabianski's gloves. Manager Arsene Wenger attempted some offensive-minded substitutions around the 70-minute mark, bringing Jack Wilshere on for Francis Coquelin and Theo Walcott on for a flustered Olivier Giroud. While Walcott's presence seemed to open up the attack a bit more for Arsenal, they couldn't produce a goal.

Gomis' goal came on one of the rare second-half Swansea possessions in the Arsenal final third, with Jefferson Montero sending a ball from the left wing into the French international, who elevated above his flat-footed countryman Laurent Koscielny and the otherwise-excellent-this-match Nacho Monreal to head past a diving Ospina. Though Ospina slapped the ball away, he did so after the ball crossed the line, and goal-line technology clearly, instantly worked to confirm the goal. Hooray for technology!

The loss means that Arsenal no longer has the max possible points advantage afforded by the match in hand against Manchester City in the race for second place. If the teams win their remaining matches, they'll be tied on points at 79. Unfortunately, though, City has a 9-goal advantage in the goal differential category, which they padded by crushing QPR's hopes and dreams on Sunday morning. To avoid fourth place without the need to rely on others, Arsenal will want to secure at least a point against Manchester United when the teams meet at Old Trafford this coming Sunday.

Today's song is a tribute to, fittingly, technology, by the band perhaps best equipped to cover the topic: